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Thursday, October 06, 2005

6 October: Sadat Died, War on Israel

6 October, 1981: President Sadat of Egypt has died after being shot by gunmen who opened fire as he watched an aerial display at a military parade. A number of other dignitaries including foreign diplomats were killed or seriously wounded. The Egyptian authorities have declared a state of emergency. President Sadat was attending the eighth anniversary of the Yom Kippur war with Israel as Field Marshal of the armed forces.

America has lost a great friend, the world has lost a great statesman, and mankind has lost a champion of peace.
- US President Ronald Reagan

6 October 1973: Arab states launch war on Israeli forces. Heavy fighting has erupted between Arab and Israeli forces along two fronts. The attacks have come on the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur, and the holiest day in the Jewish calendar. Israel's Prime Minister, Mrs. Golda Meir, claimed in a radio address that heavy losses have been inflicted on both Egypt and Syria. But an Egyptian military communiqué has stated the Canal is now almost entirely under their control.

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